Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can receive a Preschool Child Find Screening?

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    Preschool children between the ages 2 (by September 30) and 5 (and not age-eligible for kindergarten). Based on the child's date of birth, some 2 year old children may be referred to Infant Toddler Connection of Loudoun , and some 5 year old children may be referred to their home school.

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  • Who can refer a child to the Child Find Center for developmental screening?

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    Concerns can arise from preschool teachers, day care providers, family members, doctors, and private therapists.  Parents make the screening appointment and must accompany their child to the screening appointment. Written parental permission is required before the screening can be conducted.

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  • How do I schedule a Preschool Child Find appointment for my preschool age child?

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    Complete the form at the 'Child Find Screening Appointment Request' tab and submit it. Once your request has been received, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment. 

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  • What if I can no longer keep my scheduled screening appointment or am running late?

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    All families are asked to please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time with all of the requested paperwork completed. If you are not able to do so, please contact the Child Find Center at 571-252-2180 at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. Late arrivals may not be able to continue with their scheduled appointment and may be asked to reschedule for a later date.

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  • Where is the Child Find Center?

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    The Child Find Center is located at: 20 Union Street NW, Leesburg, Virginia.

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  • What is the cost of a Preschool Child Find Screening?

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    Child Find Screenings are conducted at no cost to Loudoun County families.

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  • Who conducts Preschool Child Find Screenings?

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    The screenings are conducted by Loudoun County Public Schools special educators and speech language pathologists.

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  • What do I need to bring to the Child Find appointment?

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    Please bring the completed forms that have been sent to you; any current medical, speech/language and/ or other developmental evaluation reports; proof of residency in Loudoun County; the child's state issued birth certificate; photo identification of yourself with your current address; and the child you are concerned about.

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  • Can I be with my child during the screening?

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    Parents are welcome in the screening room with their child; however, they may not assist their child with test responses.

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  • When can I have my child re-screened if I still have concerns?

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    Parents can call at any time to schedule a re-screening of their child's skills. If there were no concerns reported at the initial screening, parents are encouraged to give their child time to grow and develop. Usually 6 months to a year allows time for significant developmental change to occur.

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  • What if the child speaks more than one language or has limited English proficiency?

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    Child Find Center staff will make every attempt to obtain an interpreter for the child and family. If this can not be done, parents may be asked to interpret for the child.

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  • How long does the developmental screening process take?

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    Screenings typically are conducted and results discussed within a one hour time frame.

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  • What will the screening reveal?

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    Screenings indicate a child's performance on developmental tasks. The child's performance could indicate that all skills are developmentally appropriate; that a follow-up screening is indicated to monitor development; or that an educational disability is suspected and further evaluations are necessary to determine special education eligibility. The developmental areas the screenings address are: self-help; social/emotional; cognition; communication; and fine/gross motor.

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  • How long will it take to get services for my child?

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    If a child is referred for further evaluation due to a suspected educational disability, the process is as follows:

    1.The child is evaluated by the educational professionals deemed appropriate to assess the child's needs.

    2. The eligibility meeting is held within 65 business days from the referral date.

    3. If the child is determined to eligible for services, an Individualized  Education Plan (IEP) will be developed within 30 calendar days of the date of eligibility.

    4. Special education services are delivered based on the IEP and should begin soon after the plan has been developed and written permission is received from parents.

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Last Modified on May 8, 2018